New York Charges Manafort Minutes After Sentencing, Guarding Against Pardon

14 March, 2019, 07:03 | Author: Donnie King
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Add that to the 47 months he received last week for bank and tax fraud, and the former Trump campaign chairman is looking at seven and a half years in prison.

The president has called Manafort fearless for fighting his case against special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Jackson also briefly revisited the long road - with many twists - that Manafort's case has taken over several hearings and more than 500 court filings.

"I think she will run some of her time consecutively", said Wu, who appeared before Jackson during a previous stint representing Manafort's former business associate Rick Gates. "As of this moment, it is not something that's right now on my mind".

There has been much speculation as to whether President Donald Trump might pardon Manafort, for whom the president has repeatedly said he "feels very badly".

The sentence is on top of the roughly four-year prison sentence Manafort received last week in a separate criminal case in Virginia.

Manafort pleaded guilty September 14 in the Washington case to a wide-ranging conspiracy involving obstruction of justice, money laundering, secret overseas bank accounts and false statements to the Justice Department.

The additional sentence means he would spend 90 months in jail.

"Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also said prosecutors "should be ashamed of their horrendous treatment of Paul Manafort" following the sentencing last week".

Jackson dismissed that argument, telling Manafort, "Saying "I'm sorry I got caught" is not an inspiring call for leniency".

Jackson said she read all the letters before determining his sentence.

Jackson added that Mueller's investigation, which is ongoing, could yet reveal that Manafort worked with Russian interests during the campaign.

Mr. Trump on Wednesday described the Manafort situation as "sad", but added that he wasn't familiar with the NY charges.

A pardon would not necessarily help Manafort tremendously, as he now faces state charges in NY for alleged mortgage fraud.

"No one is beyond the law in New York", Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said in a statement. Both court cases were a result of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction and Russian Federation has denied USA intelligence findings that it interfered in the election to boost Trump. Last summer, Manafort was found guilty in the Virginia trial of having defrauded Citizens after he was charged with misleading the bank to obtain a $3.4 million loan on a condo he owned in SoHo.

"I am sorry for what I have done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today", Manafort told Jackson on Wednesday. This case has taken everything from me.

At Wednesday's hearing, Andrew Weissmann, a member of Mueller's team, argued that Manafort "engaged in crime again and again", and dismissed the idea that his failure to register as a foreign agent was more than merely failing to file paperwork.

She began her remarks by challenging the notion, pushed by Manafort, that he is a victim.

Journalists and legal experts have been quick to weigh in on Manafort's legal perils. The Mueller indictment states that Manafort got the apartment for $2.85 million after transferring funds from a company in Cyprus, then falsely claimed it was a second home for his daughter and son-in-law, and used it as an Airbnb rental.



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